Become an innovative environmental leader.
The Leadership and Management of Sustainable Systems program of study prepares students to take a leadership role in addressing the complex challenges of creating sustainable systems.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
Effective environmental leadership
The concentration Leadership and Management of Sustainable Systems (LMSS) prepares you to effectively provides theory and skills to take a leadership role in organizations to marshal the required resources to address the complex environmental challenges facing us in the domains of climate, biodiversity, land use, and the security of water, food, and energy for future generations. bringing diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental challenges.
We value your experience
The LMSS concentration is designed for adult learners who wish to build project and organizational management skills on top of their former education and experience. Students come from a diversity of backgrounds who are provided the opportunity to bring these experiences into the classroom. The result is a very rich mix of perspectives that allows all to dive deeper into the theory being discussed.
Flexibility for students who can continue to work
The LMSS concentration provides the opportunity for students to continue to work, with courses either online and during two short summer intensives. Online courses are both asynchronous and a hybrid configuration. The hybrid courses have periodic face-to-face class time through Zoom. Such meetings are designed not to conflict with the workday.
Building your professional network
The LMSS experience is based on a cohort model. The student cohorts reflect a diversity of cooperatively oriented learners ranging from seasoned resource managers to more recent undergraduates trained with cutting-edge management tools. The relationships you build through this program will continue well beyond graduation. Our alumni continue to tap each other, as well as Antioch faculty, in the pursuit of establishing more sustainable paths not only for organizations but on the natural landscape as well.
With this 30-credit graduate program, students can complete the curriculum as quickly as five (5) semesters; however, this is dependent on outside employment and family obligations. In which case, an extended program can be designed in conjunction with your advisor.
Students develop the specific skills to address multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems. This includes managing the necessary resources, such as expertise, networks, money, communication and time within the regulatory realities of protecting, conserving and restoring the environment.
Students returning to continue their education will have an opportunity to gain the latest thinking in regards to effective responses to a changing climate, sustainable approaches to managing energy and materials, communication and facilitation approaches to effectively marshal stakeholders and how to develop solutions that acknowledges who and what are most vulnerable and that addresses environmental justice.
You will engage with LMSS faculty that are not only environmental scholars but have many years of experience as practitioners addressing real-world environmental problems at regional, national, and international scales. The faculty give priority to teaching and advising so that each student can build upon their past experiences and visualize a critical path towards their next role as an environmental professional.
Upon completion of their Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Leadership and Management of Sustainable Systems (LMSS), students are able to:
- Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
- Critically assess the dynamics of maintaining the functional values of natural systems in a changing landscape;
- Comprehend the dynamics of environmental change at multiple temporal and spatial scales;
- Understand the structural and functional tenets of organizations in order to maximize their resilience and adaptive capacity in changing regulatory and economic environments;
- Facilitate solutions to complex multi-issue, multi-stakeholder landscape scale environmental issues;
- Utilize resources and skills to build needed capacity at the local level to effectively balance economic development with protection of natural resources;
- Demonstrate competence in field identification of indicators of impact from development;
- Master field-data collection methods and equipment;
- Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively and spatially analyze environmental data;
- Demonstrate proficiency in modeling skills to project possible consequences from current land-use and development decisions;
- Be adept at proposing, managing and completing team projects, within proposed timelines and budgets;
- Demonstrate effective communication that effectively translates technical, scientific and economic information for local decision-makers.
Thirty (30) graduate credits are required to be awarded a Master of Science in Resource Management & Administration.
Leadership & Management of Sustainable Systems Concentration Course Requirements within the RMA degree.
- ESS 5780 Principles of Sustainable Systems (3 semester credits)
- ESC 5440 Leadership for Change (3 semester credits)
- ESC 6010 Political Economy and Sustainability (3 semester credits)
- ES 5310 Principles of Organizational Management (1 semester credit)
- ES 5030 Environmental Dispute Resolution (1 semester credit)
- ES 5040 Consulting Skills (1 semester credit)
- ES 5312 Introduction to Financial Administration & Budgeting (1 semester credit)
- ES 5240 Proposal Writing and Project Management (3 semester credits)
- ES 6200 Introduction to Participatory Geographical Information Systems (1 semester credit)
- ESC 5725 Earth Systems I (1 semester credits)
- ESC 5728 Earth Systems II (2 semester credits)
- ES 5810 Climate Change: The Science, Uncertainty and Risk (1 semester credit)
- ES 5820 Climate Impacts: Vulnerability & Adaptation Planning (1 semester credit)
- ES 5830 Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation & Stakeholder Capacity (1 semester credit)
- ES 5850 Climate Justice and Equitable Adaptation (1 semester credit)
- ESPE 5605 Facilitating Organizations Towards Sustainable Practices (1 semester credit)
- ESPE 5610 Organizational Materials & Waste Minimization (1 semester credit)
- ESPE 5615 Organizational Energy Conservation (1 semester credit)
- ES 5240 Proposal Writing and Project Management (3 semester credits)
- ES 6990 Capstone Project (3 semester credits)
The classes are a combination of asynchronous, hybrid (asynchronous with some Zoom class meetings), and two 7-day residencies, during the 1st and 2nd June in the program. During the intensives, students have the opportunity to take required field-based courses and to strengthen important relationships with peers.